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2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission
Suggested Talking Points for Visit to Elmendorf AFB
1. Military value is the most important consideration to the Defense Base
rp Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) as the Commission evaluates
the suggestion made by the Department of Defense (DoD) to realign
Elmendorf Air Force Base.
* While the Commission will evaluate the economic, environmental, and
other effects that the closure of the installation could have on the
surrounding community but the most important consideration in the
Commission's evaluation is the military value of the installation.
* The Commission understands the unique role that Elmendorf AFB serves
in Alaska both as a defender and a projector of force. The installation's
military value, as such, will be taken into full account by the Commission.
2. The Commission is aware of the human impact that the suggestion to realign
Elmendorf AFB could have, should the suggestion be enacted.
* The Congress established the Commission as an independent entity to
ensure that all critical factors have been evaluated, and that the effects on
the surrounding community have been taken into account in the decision
to recommend a base for closure or realignment.
* The Commission will evaluate the economic impact that the installation
realignment would have on the larger Anchorage community surrounding
the base, while basing its decision almost entirely upon military value.
* Elmendorf AFB has served in a unique role in the defense of the nation.
Home to both the United States' missile defense system and the trans-
SAlaska pipeline, Alaskans and the nation have benefited from the
projection of air power resident at Elmendorf. The Commission will
analyze Elmendorf AFB's future role in light of the DoD's
3. The Congress established the Commission as a non-political, transparent,
and independent entity to perform a thorough evaluation, through a process
set out by law, of the bases suggested for closure or realignment by DoD.
* The Commission serves to ensure that all pertinent factors have been
evaluated and that the impact that the suggestions to close or realign a
base would have on the surrounding community, have been taken into full
* The Commission encourages public input. Community groups wishing to
submit information that they feel may have been overlooked by DoD, are
encouraged to contact their Congressional representative. Additionally,
the public may submit comments directly through the Commission's
official website: www.brac.gov.
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United States. Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission. BRAC Media Briefing Book - Advance - Media Briefing Book - Regional Hearing Fairbanks, AK, legal document, July 12, 2005; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc17040/m1/4/: accessed September 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.